People & Community

People & Community

On The Job In Los Alamos: Serving Automotive Needs

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday afternoon is Clint Miller and Chuck Builta ready to assist customers at Los Alamos Auto Repair & Napa Auto Parts at 201 Knecht St. Los Alamos Auto Repair & Napa Auto Parts is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Registration Opens For Time Travelers Children’s Program From Los Alamos Historical Society

Registration now open for spring sessions of Time Travelers. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Registration is open now for spring sessions of Time Travelers, the after-school drop-off program for elementary school students from the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Time Travelers sets students on an adventure of exploration, investigating our local history through artifacts in the Los Alamos History Museum and hands-on activities.

Time Travelers will meet in February, March, April, and May. Sessions for 1st-3rd grade students meet second Wednesdays, and sessions for 4th–6th grade students


Obituary: Peggy Jo Kruse Jan. 8, 2020

PEGGY JO KRUSE Jan. 8, 2020

Peggy Jo Kruse passed away at the age of 85 in her home on January 8, 2020, at the end of a beautiful life.

Peggy Jo, or Peggy “Go” as she joked, was born to Marie (Felts) and Leo Randolph and raised in Portales, NM where she was described by her childhood friend, Ray Ann as being “a friend to all, a leader who had an eye out for those who might be left behind.” 

She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in elementary education and began teaching at age 19 in a “secret city on the hill,” where she would live for the next 7 decades.

Not long after moving to Los Alamos,


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Smith’s Marketplace

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday afternoon is HR Specialist Cathy Balkey at Smith’s Marketplace at 751 Trinity Dr. She has worked for the Smith’s corporation for 30 years. The best thing about her job? “My customers … they are just amazing and uplifting in every way!” To learn more about employment opportunities at Smith’s, click here:'s-Food-&-Drug/588300/ #worklosalamos #wherediscvoeriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Emotional Healing: Allowing Hope And Growth

By Dr. Ted Wiard

Editors Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of columns by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

Mental health is a conscious process and tends to be low on a person’s priority list.

This has led to more and more negative behaviors, disconnections, fear and an increase in isolation, suicide, addiction and other self-destructive actions.

My hope is that this article can help your readers know that they are not alone, emotional healing is possible, and there is help.

A large part of emotional healing is to understand


Kehar Koslowsky And Robert Tweeten Perform Feb. 28

Mezzo soprano Kehar Koslowsky and pianist Robert Tweeten perform Feb. 28 at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo


Mezzo soprano Kehar Koslowsky and pianist Robert Tweeten perform 5:30-6:15 p.m., Feb. 28 for the TGIF Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, 208 Grant Ave.

Admission is free and open to all; a freewill offering will be accepted.


A Unconventional Cabaret

  • Sweeter Than Roses – Henry Purcell
  • Music for a While – Henry Purcell
  • Dear Pretty Youth – Henry Purcell
  • Les Chemins de L’Amour – Francis Poulenc


Jenny McCumber Takes Helm At LAPS Foundation

Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation.

McCumber officially began this position Monday, Jan. 6.

While this is a new role for McCumber, she is by no means new to the schools or the Foundation. Most recently, she served as a school board member for District 5 (Mountain Elementary) 2015-2019.

She also served on the board of the LAPS Foundation for several years as the school board representative, a committee assignment


County Discoveries Action Team Meets Jan. 23


The next meeting of the Los Alamos County Discoveries Action Team (DAT) is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge

New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting and visit with County Staff and team members while enjoying a free lunch, followed by a recap of 2019 accomplishments and reports from project champions and current projects moving ahead in 2020.

The Discoveries Action Team is open to all County residents, businesses and organizations. Volunteers donate time and talent to Place-Making (enhancing Los Alamos


On The Job In Los Alamos: Hot Rocks Eatery Inside Los Alamos Medical Center

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday morning is Dani Macias ready with a wide variety of burritos, coffee and special treats at Hot Rocks inside the main entrance of Los Alamos Medical Center at 3917 West Road. Hot Rocks is open 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. #worklosalamos #wherediscvoeriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Community Asset Award Winners Announced

The Director’s Choice Award was presented to Los Alamos Police Officer Ben Irving, left, and Steve Bublitz of the Los Alamos Arts Council. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Marlene Trujillo was nominated by a customer as the top employee for Smith’s Marketplace. Her checkout line at the store is long, but customers don’t mind waiting for a chance to chat with kindness. Photo by Chad Lauritzen


The Community Assets Award winners have been announced in the following categories:

Blazing Businesses

  • Aspen Copies    
  • Morning Glory Bakery

Art In Public Places

  • Catherine Ozment      
  • Jeremy


Shop On The Corner Says Thank You

Shop on the Corner is open 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Courtesy photo

TOTH News:

The staff at Shop on the Corner thrift store on the first floor of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, thanks all the shoppers, donors, volunteers and friends for their most successful year in 2019.

The thrift store raised $50,000, all of which was donated to more than 20 nonprofit organizations in New Mexico.

The staff looks forward to seeing the community again 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

All of the profits from this week’s sales will go to relief aid for earthquake and fire victims in Puerto Rico and Australia. Some


Topper Boys Basketball Fall To Artesia Bulldogs

Gavin Compos worked his way down court in a game played Saturday afternoon in Griffith Gymnasium against the Artesia Bulldogs. The Toppers started out hot and had a 20-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs, who had a tough game against the Pojoaque Elks the night before, started to come to life and ended up winning the game 66-57. Compos had 12 points for the game. The boys next home game is Jan. 23 against the Moriarty Pintos. Photo by John McHale/

Matthew Owen was the leading scorer for the Toppers with 15 points for the night. Photo by John McHale/


Community Invited To Diversity Week Events Jan. 19-24

International dances will be performed during Diversity Week Jan. 19-24. Courtesy photo

Book Club readings 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

One Los Alamos News:

One Los Alamos invites the community to celebrate Diversity Week Jan. 19-24, 2020, proclaimed by the County, with a series of art and cultural events.

All events are free and open to all.

One Los Alamos Books by Women of Color Book Club:

  • 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central, Rooms 2&3, 3rd floor

This is an ongoing book club open to all. Can’t always commit to a book club? You


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon is Ruby K’s Melanie Metzler assisting Rivera Family Funeral & Cremations of Los Alamos Funeral Specialist Lane Karmiol with one of the many bagel specialties. Ruby K’s is at 1789 Central Ave. and open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call Ruby K’s at 505.662.9866. Rivera Family Funeral & Cremations of Los Alamos is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday with after hours by appointment at 1627 A. Central Ave. For information, call Rivera Family Funeral & Cremations of Los Alamos


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Ski Patrol Debriefing

On the job in Los Alamos from left, Ski Patrol Volunteer Representative (Director) Bill Purtymun, New Mexico Crisis Support Team Facilitator Dr. Deb Boheman and Chaplain/Crisis Support Team Facilitator Eleni Fredlund prepare for a debriefing for the Pajarito Ski Patrol Jan. 4 in the Conference Room at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. The Ski Patrol assisted with a recent, difficult rescue endeavor at the ski hill and the management wanted to offer a Critical Incident Stress Management meeting for all of the responders of that incident. More than 10 participants took advantage of the benefits


LAFD: Nine Cadets Graduate At Ceremony Friday

The American flag waves in the breeze during the Fire Recruit Academy Class #28 Friday at the White Rock Baptist Church on N.M. 4 in White Rock. Nine fire cadets graduated during the ceremony including Fire Science Valedictorian Terry Martinez, and EMS Valedictorian Gary Martinez (whose grandfather is LAFD Retired Capt. Leroy Lopez) and Dennis Padilla, Cory Miller, Christopher Salinas, Manual Fierro, Rudy Trujillo, Donovan Aguilar and Isiah Chavez  Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Rotary President Phil Dabney Presents Paul Harris Fellowships To Alison Pannell And Nancy Cerutti 

Rotary Club President Phil Dabney, center, presents Paul Harris Fellowship pins to Rotarians Alison Pannell, left, and Nancy Cerutti  at the Jan. 7 Rotary Club meeting. Chicago attorney Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905. Rotarians who donate generously are recognized with gold pins containing gemstones designating their level of giving. Rotary is a charitable service organization with 1.2 million members worldwide. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Cottonwood on the Greens. Everyone is welcome to attend. Photo by Linda Hull